Castellano Memorial Lecture on Fellini

The Dante Alighieri Society (Brisbane) invites you to a public lecture on Federico Fellini, born 101 years ago. We couldn’t celebrate his centenary last year due to COVID-related restrictions. Please feel free to forward this email and attachment to anyone who may be interested.Warm regards,Claire

The Dante Alighieri Society (Brisbane) invites you to: 

The Castellano Memorial Lecture, 2021 

Images and experiences: The aesthetics and ethics of the beach  

in Federico Fellini’s “cinema of closeness” 

(delivered in English)

by Dr Gabriella Blasi 

Friday 3 September, 6.30 for 7pm 

at St Anne’s Hall, 127 Nelson St, Kalinga 

Light refreshments served 

Entry is free but a small donation welcome! 

In his 1974 essay “A Spectator’s Autobiography”, Italo Calvino reflected on Fellini’s Baroque aesthetics in which reality and artifice collide and transform each other, creating new possibilities for recognition and consciousness in the viewer. In this talk Gabriella Blasi reflects on the experience of watching Fellini’s films today, from the standpoint of contemporary eco-cinema studies, a field concerned with human-nature relations in film. In particular, Gabriella looks at the significance of recurrent images of beaches and the coastal zone in Fellini’s works. Taking inspiration from Calvino’s reflections on the role of cinematic experiences in human culture, she explores the possibility of an ecological ethics, aesthetics and consciousness operating in and through Fellini’s films. 

Gabriella Blasi has a background in film writing in her native Italy and is a sessional academic and researcher in film studies living in Brisbane. Her research is in transnational eco-cinema studies and film philosophy. She is the author of The Work of Terrence Malick: Time-Based Ecocinema (Amsterdam University Press 2019).  

All welcome! 

Dr Claire Kennedy  

Adjunct Senior Lecturer | School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science 
Griffith University | Nathan | QLD 4111 

I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which I live and work, and pay my respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.

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